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Appeals court upholds conviction, sentence of ex-officer

Jan. 23, 2022 11:21 AM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction and nine-year prison sentence of a former Newark police officer in alleged kickbacks to the former head of the city’s scandal-ridden water corporation. Janell Robinson, 46, was sentenced a year ago on mail...

Farmers' protest in Spain highlights rural concerns

Jan. 23, 2022 10:05 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Farmers, cattle-breeders, hunters and opposition supporters descended Sunday on the Spanish capital of Madrid to protest environmental and economic policies by Spain’s left-of-center government that they say are hurting rural communities. Sunday’s protest was...

South Carolina governor considering plastic recycling bill

Jan. 23, 2022 09:55 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is considering whether to sign into law a bill that would make it easier for businesses that recycle plastic by melting it to open in the state. The bill passed both chambers of the General Assembly on Thursday after a group...

Worries grow as deadline for whale-friendly gear draws near

Jan. 23, 2022 09:29 AM EST

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Lobstermen are going to have to begin using weakened rope or special inserts to weaken existing rope starting in May in some waters to help protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. But the rope and links aren't yet readily available, causing...

Professor set to find out age of First Landing’s sand dunes

Jan. 23, 2022 09:04 AM EST

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Rich Whittecar isn’t searching for Blackbeard’s lost treasure in the sand dunes at First Landing State Park. Some people seem to think that when they see him wearing a hard hat and carrying a shovel over his shoulder, he said. Legend...

Work begins managing water rights on Flathead reservation

Jan. 23, 2022 08:19 AM EST

RONAN, Mont. (AP) — After seven years of work and controversy, the Flathead Water Compact officially got in gear managing one of the Flathead Indian Reservation’s most valuable assets. On Thursday, four new board members took their seats and outlined the rules for granting,...

International aid reaches Tonga with clean water, supplies

Jan. 23, 2022 04:45 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Aid flights from Australia, Japan and New Zealand carrying food, water, medical supplies and telecommunications equipment landed in Tonga over the weekend, as the Pacific nation grapples with the aftermath of an underwater volcanic eruption and tsunami. ...

All 100 lab monkeys accounted for after several escape crash

Jan. 22, 2022 22:31 PM EST

DANVILLE, Pa. (AP) — The last of the escaped monkeys from the crash of a truck towing a trailer load of 100 of the animals was accounted for by late Saturday, a day after the pickup collided with a dump truck on a Pennsylvania highway, authorities said. Several monkeys had escaped...

Maryland sues Baltimore over wastewater plant discharges

Jan. 22, 2022 16:39 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — The state of Maryland has sued Baltimore over what is considers excessive pollution discharges from a pair of wastewater treatment plants, saying repeated issues stand to upset efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay over the next few years. The lawsuit, filed in...

Wolves attracted by cow carcasses kill Oregon herding dog

Jan. 22, 2022 12:23 PM EST

BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) — Wolves attracted to six unburied cow carcasses at an eastern Oregon ranch killed a herding dog, wildlife officials said. Brian Ratliff of the Oregon Department of Fish and Game said the wolves killed the 40-pound (18-kilogram) herding dog on Friday about 150...